America — And The World — Still Need Feminism Today More Than Ever

America — And The World — Still Need Feminism Today More Than Ever

I want equality.

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There are so many articles, and talk about women not wanting to be feminists. They believe that being a feminist is all about working and being independent, but they want to be a stay at home mom. Being a stay at home mom is perfectly fine, especially in the realm of feminism.

Feminism gives women the option to stay at home or work their asses off at a high-end job. Feminism is all about equality. Feminism wants there to also be stay at home dads. It's not the woman's job to be the one staying at home, it's not the man's job to be the breadwinner. It is about equal pay for equal work. It is about ending discrimination against women. You may think women can vote now, what else do we need? Well. A lot.

We need equal pay for equal work. If you don't believe me, here is a graph I was able to find about the pay gap:


And a link to many different statistics upload.wikimedia.org

Women have been discriminated against since the beginning of time, when they were unable to own land, or money. Families who had a lot of money and land, without sons, were to give everything to the man their daughter marries.

Also, the amount of women who are CEO's is significantly lower than men. This article states that out of the 500 most fortunate CEOs, 24 are women. This is due to many gender inequalities. Many companies do not want women because if they have a child, they would go on maternity leave. A company without its CEO for a few weeks is just crazy! Of course, they can't have that. They MUST have their CEO at the company at all times, without any way they would have to leave. Another reasoning is the fact that science and mathematics majors are mostly filled with men while teaching and caregiving majors are mostly filled with women. This is due to the belief that women are more fitted for care-taking and helping than men.

Discrimination of women occurs on so many levels from small things like "you throw like a girl", to "you need to act more girly", to abuse; sexually, physically, and emotionally. Women get taught how to leave situations during these and prevent them, how to not get raped. Meanwhile, men do not get taught not to rape or beat or hurt women in any way.

Women's rights are still being attacked by the government. Abortion, no matter your opinion on it, should be safe for all women. This is because it is the woman's body and what happens to it should be her decision, not some congressman who's religion claims that abortion is wrong. Some states have a tac on tampons and pads.

The thing that women kind of NEED, unless you want blood everywhere, is taxed. Why is that? Also, in the US government, 87 women serve in the house of representatives, and 110 in Senate, which is around 20% for both. That means around 80% of Congress is men. 80%. That does not represent the population, where 50.8% of the population is women. Shouldn't 50.8% of Congress be women as well? Also, a woman has never been president of the United States. Isn't that a little odd? People say we're equal yet the one governing job that has the biggest impact has never been a woman.

Even if you want to be a stay at home mom, be a feminist for those women who don't. Be a feminist for yourself. For your ability to do that. Be prideful in your gender. Be intersectional. Help each other out. We don't need people going at each other's throats on the sheer want for equality. Feminism is for society as a whole. So women in society can be equal to men. Everyone should have a fair chance to succeed.

To the men that are feminists: thank you. I'm proud of you for understanding the complexities of gender inequality. Thank you for trying to make this place better for us all.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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The Prosperous Pussy Hats Are More Problematic Than You Think

Before wearing these hats, think about what you are really saying when you wear them.

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This past weekend was the third annual Women's March all around the country. Women from all over came to their nearest march with handmade signs and wearing knitted pussy hats to show off their "pussy power". While I do see the intention of the hats and that I am fully aware that two years ago when the first Women's March was relevant with Donald Trump's statement about grabbing women by the pussy, there's quite a lot that many people are missing when they wear those hats today.

The biggest thing that should be pointed out about the pussy hats is that they make the assumption that women are entirely defined by their genitalia, which is something that I thought feminists were supposed to fight against. Since the hats have those connotations attached to them, they are often seen as trans and non-binary exclusive. This, along with the fact that they also exclude women of color since every pussy hat is pink, give an exclusionary image to the feminist movement that many people would think the movement has grown out of by this time. But unfortunately, it hasn't, and many women have yet to learn why the pussy hats are outdated.

I have seen many women who claim to be feminists openly exclude trans women from conversations about women's rights, along with saying blatantly transphobic statements, so I was not so surprised when seeing many women at the march still wearing those pussy hats (along with holding signs that say "the future is female" but that's an article for another time). I hope that one day, more and more women will realize the problematic connotations that the pussy hats hold and the hats will be ditched by the movement for good. Although I hope, I still understand that it is more than likely that it will not happen and it makes my stomach sink every time.

As I said before, I have seen many people wear the pussy hats at the Women's March when I went this year. While I was making my sign to take to the march, I made a promise to myself that I would not accept one of those hats because I was fully aware of the racist and transphobic connotations that the hats had. I wanted to go to the march with the intention to fight for all women and with the realization that not all women have vaginas.

The biggest thing I wanted to say about the matter is that I'm super grateful that the Women's March exists and that so many women are supporting it and going to each march around the country every year. I'm upset about the fact that so many women are still missing the point of the feminist movement and what it truly means to fight for women. I would like to end this with my statement I ended up putting on my sign: "If you don't fight for all women, you fight for no women."

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